Welcome to the 2nd part of the South African blog.
If you are going to Africa, you should go to see the safari!
As you can see from the featured image of the blog, I will tell you a bit regarding Kruger National Park 2 day trip that I took.
You always hear about it and see it on TV, but you don’t really understand how cool is the zoo and safari in Africa.
At one of the weekends, our wonderful hotel took us on a complimentary trip to Rhino and Lion’s Park which is located less than an hour from Pretoria. I had so much fun there.
We saw a lot of animals. I don’t know if I can say that it is only a zoo or only a safari, but there were places where the animals were free and some places that the animals are in cages, mostly the lions and the tigers or any other animal which can eat another animal.
One of the coolest things I’ve experienced there was entering the baby lions cage and the cheetah cage, which allows you to touch animals you will never think of coming near of.
You can see some of the photos I’ve taken:
P.S: I don’t have a photo where the cheetah jumped on me, but there is no chance that image will disappear from my memory!
Another cool safari I’ve visited is Pilanesberg, which is located near Sun City resort. It’s around 2 hours drive from Pretoria. You probably remember that resort from the movie Blended with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. According to what we understood, this is an open safari in which you can drive in between all the animals. The problem was that we barely have seen the animals there.
On the way back from the safari to Sun City, we have met a new friend, which you will see next in the slideshow.
One of the coolest things in Sun City is the wave pool in the water park. Unfortinutally, that park was closed during my trip there, but I heard a lot of great stories about that park.
In Sun City you have a lot of attractions, including a casino and a maze.
Out of the above 2 safaris, I suggest Rhino and Lions park, but if you have time, you can go and see both places.
If you have the time and you can do a long trip, this is my best suggestion for South African trip – You MUST go to Kruger’s National park. Kruger National park is located next to the Mozambique and Zimbabwe border. It’s going to take around 4-5 hours drive, but it is worth it!
We took a 2-day trip there and that was an amazing journey.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.
It is an open safari where all animals are free to do whatever they want to do. If you are lucky, you can catch a lion hunting after his next meal and other different species are drinking water from the same place.
We took a car and drove all over the south side of the park. Usually, when you can see a car stopping, that means that they saw some animal which you would like to see as well. So it is better to drive with other cars by yourself as a group.
Once the night is coming, it is better to find a protected place to sleep, as the animals are free and this is their hunting time. We stayed in Panzi Bush Camp. That was an experience that I will never forget. The camp itself is a small camp and surrounded with the open field of the park. The showers located outside of the warm room and closed with a bamboo wall. That means you can actually feel the animal’s eyes looking on you taking a shower looking for a way in so they could eat you.
On the way back from Kruger National Park to Pretoria, we have stopped in the Blyde River Canyon. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent.
The experience of standing on top of this canyon was incredible.
I wish I will have the chance to do it all over again, cause 2 days is not enough for all of that!
Stay tuned for the 3rd part of the South African blog… 🙂